Follow In His Footsteps
"Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing. . ." ~ Philippians 2:5-7a ~
“He made himself nothing.” Phil 2:7a As I read today’s text, these four words jump out at me. Don’t get me wrong, the entire text is awe-inspiring and humbling, but those four words - He made himself nothing - encompass the heart of the passage.
What are you entitled to? What privileges do you call your own? It could be as something small as the better parking spot at home or work, or the last piece of pie. Or it could be the big things in life - the pursuit of life, love and happiness. You may be thinking right now - “Well, I don’t have anything I’m entitled to or privileged for.” And I would argue with you. Just think about your reaction when you are in a very long line at a store when a second cashier opens. Everyone behind you runs over and your thought is “Wait a minute, I was here first. I deserve to be in the front of that line.” Big or small, we all have things that are rightfully ours. The question is what do we do with them.
Let’s take a moment and think about Jesus. Jesus is God. God. The one who created this Earth. The one who will be here when this Earth meets its end. He is all powerful, all knowing, and he is everywhere. Don’t brush this aside - pause here for a minute or two and really think about who Jesus is.
And Jesus made himself nothing. Why? Love. He loves us, more than we can possibly comprehend. He loves us enough to die for us. Jesus - God himself - loves you so much, he willingly gave up His rights for you, so you can spend eternity with him.
If Jesus, in all his wonder, is willing to become nothing for us - how much more should we be willing to follow his example? Phil 2:5 reads “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.” We should be living our lives in the same way. Put others first. Be willing to let others go first, to serve them first. Waive your own rights in both the big and small things in life.
Question - What areas of my life am I living for myself, rather than for others? What can I do - make a list here - to change that?
Prayer - Dear God, thank you so much for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for me. He left his home in heaven for me, something he didn’t have to do. Teach me to follow his example.
Weekly Memory Verse: Psalm 118:5 NLT - In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free.